Father who 'beheaded his disabled son over kitchen sink' could be executed after he's indicted for first degree murder
The 30-year-old Louisiana man who allegedly confessed to beheading his disabled 7-year-old son has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder.
Jeremiah Wright's son Jori Lirette was brutally killed last week. The wheelchair-bound boy was dismembered and his head was set in the yard of their home for his mother to see when she arrived home.
Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia confirmed that a Lafourche Parish grand jury handed up the indictment Friday morning against Wright.
Grotesque: Jeremiah Wright (left) is said by police to have admitted killing his son Jori Lirette (right) by chopping off his head with a meat cleaver
Cuccia said Wright, who is being held in the Lafourche Parish jail on $5 million bond, is set for arraignment Monday.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Wright would face a sentence of either life in prison or execution.
Asked how Wright will plead to the charges, Cuccia said a decision had not yet been made.
The boy's mother Jesslyn, 27, has said she previously warned police that Jeremiah wanted him dead.
Wheelchair-bound Jori was brutally executed and dismembered after his mother Jesslyn, 27, threatened to kick long time boyfriend Jeremiah out of their Louisiana home.
Statement: Jesslyn Lirette (centre) speaks out about how her long term boyfriend murdered her seven-year-old son at her home
She has revealed that, the week before Jori was born, she obtained a restraining order against Wright after he 'broke the baby's piggy bank' and 'shoved her onto a pile of CDs on the bed'.
Wright wore a bullet proof vest when he was transported by police on August 14th
Then, when Jori was just six-months-old, she obtained another similar order after he called her and said he 'was tired of seeing the baby suffer' and wanted him dead.
Details of the orders, which Jesslyn apparently allowed to lapse, were revealed in sworn statements she made in 2004 and made part of the official court record this week.
Jori was wheelchair-bound and needed a feeding tube having been born with cerebral palsy. He had been born three months prematurely and spent much of his first year in hospital in New Orleans.
Wright allegedly chopped his son's head off with a meat cleaver and left it in the roadside outside his home so that Jesslyn would see it.
A passing motorist saw the decapitated head and alerted police. Detectives later found the boy's body in a rubbish sack that had been dumped nearby.
The crime scene was so gruesome that some of the police who responded to the emergency call have had to have counselling.
Investigators said the grisly killing was carried out over a kitchen sink at the Louisiana home the boy shared with his father and his mother Jesslyn.
His hand and feet were also cut off and discovered nearby in plastic garbage bags.
Appearance: Jeremiah Wright was manacled to his waist as he was brought into court for his hearing
Horrific: Jesslyn Lirette held the hands of two guards as she attended the district court where her long term boyfriend was accused of killing her son
Horrific: Jesslyn Lirette held the hands of two guards as she attended the district court where her boyfriend's previous hearing
A forensic team removed the sink from the house in Thibodaux ,Louisiana, as part of their murder investigation.
Thibodaux Police Lt. Kim Favalora said in a statement to the court that: 'Wright was very matter-of-fact as he calmly explained that he thought for years that Jori was his son.
'Wright said that he recently saw the way the dummy looked at him and there were signs and little things the dummy did to him that let him know that Jori was not his son, but a dummy.'
Favalora said Wright told police that 'he was tired of taking care of the dummy. Wright said that as soon as he realized that Jori was a dummy, and not his son, he 'started contemplating on killing him.'
The document said Wright admitted to arguing with Jesslyn the previous night and that he expected to be kicked out of the house.
Scene: A driver spotted Jori's head as he was passing and reported it to the police who called it a heinous crime
Jesslyn left at 8am to get her truck, which was when Wright said he 'went to work' in killing Jori.
Wright is understood to have confessed to the killing and is co-operating with police. He appeared in court on Tuesday manacled to his waist.
He stared but did not speak when reporters and photographers asked him for a comment.
Jesslyn walked in to court accompanied by two woman sheriff's deputies, who held her hands.
Wright, whose criminal history includes arrests for drugs, burglary and contempt, is being held on $5 million bond and could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
The murder has sent shock waves through the small town of Thibodaux, where the last killing was three years ago.
Flowers, balloons and stuffed animals have been placed in a makeshift shrine outside the home